Larry Nassar’s Ex-Wife Stephanie Divorced Him In 2017

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Photo credit: JEFF KOWALSKY - Getty Images
Photo credit: JEFF KOWALSKY - Getty Images

From Women's Health

  • HBO premiered its newest documentary, At The Heart Of Gold: Inside The USA Gymnastics Scandal, on May 3.

  • Larry Nassar's ex-wife, Stephanie Nassar, is briefly mentioned but never shown in the doc.

  • Here's what you need to know about Stephanie Nassar.

New Netflix documentary Athlete A is delving back into the case of former USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar more than two years after he was sentenced to life in prison after more than 300 women (including Olympic gymnasts such as Aly Raisman and Simone Biles) came forward with stories of sexual abuse disguised as "medical treatments."

The documentary zeroes in on the gymnasts who were abused by Nassar, as well as the reporters who helped expose the toxic culture of USA Gymnastics. The trailer alone is powerful, showing intense scenes, including the long line of young women who testified against Nassar in court. "We’re not victims. We’re survivors," one says in a voiceover. "We have the power now."

BTW: "Athlete A" is a real person. She’s Maggie Nichols, a former U.S. national team member who thinks she was passed over for a spot on the 2016 Olympic team because she and her parents flagged Nassar’s abuse the year before. According to Maggie, there was a systematic cover-up of her allegations at USA Gymnastics.

A lot of this abuse took place at the Karolyi Ranch, the USA Gymnastics National Team Training Center in Huntsville, Texas, run by gymnastics training legends Béla and Márta Károlyi. No parents were allowed inside the ranch, enabling the Károlyis to push the teen gymnasts to physical extremes—even fixating on the children's weight—unchallenged by adult guardians.

Nassar, the documentary says, was a friendly face there. He would sometimes slip the young women food and candy, and acted like their friend. But he committed sexual abuse, like putting an ungloved finger inside a gymnast’s vagina during what he called an "exam."

Much of Nassar's abuse took place at the famed Karolyi ranch and training facility, but it also happened at John Geddert's Twistars USA Gymnastics Club in Michigan, Michigan State University, and at the Holt, Michigan home he shared with his then-wife, Stephanie, and their three children.

Larry Nassar's wife Stephanie has been mentioned throughout the coverage of Nassar’s abuse, which might make you wonder: Who is she?

Stephanie filed for divorce in 2017.

According to a report from In Touch Weekly, Stephanie filed for divorce on January 25, 2017 and was granted the divorce within six months. She also received sole custody of their three children. Neither she nor her children were present for Larry's sentencing and court proceedings last year, per Inquisitor.

Some of Larry's victims were at his wedding to Stephanie.

Sarah Klein, one of Larry's first victims, knew Stephanie (whose maiden name is Anderson) when she was Nassar’s girlfriend, according to Huffpost. Later, she and at least one other victim, Trinea Gonczar, attended the couples' wedding.

Wondering where Larry Nassar is now? Here's an update on his prison sentence:

She's been named in a federal lawsuit against Michigan State University.

One of the sexual abuse survivors, Alaina Bamfield (who read a victim impact statement at his sentencing), claimed she was referred to Larry by Stephanie, who worked as a physician's assistant. Bamfield was then abused by Larry after seeking treatment for neck, back, and hip pain, Fox 47 News reported.

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